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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I can tell you where, at least in my area, mites would disappear out of a dead hive. Ants. We have a small ant that is everywhere. It does not seem to bother the bees. I have never had a hive...
  2. Thread: mites?

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: mites?

    You can have an unacceptable level of mites without seeing deformed wing virus.
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    Nate the weather extremes you are talking about will not kill healthy bees. If it did none of us in the northern tier of states would have bees. What you are talking about happens up here...
  4. Thread: Apivar

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: Apivar

    At 50-60 degrees the cluster will be broken and you should have bees flying. With those kinds of temperatures you will not damage your bees. The fear of leaving the strips in all winter is due to...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    In my experience with readings of 60 degrees, your probe was in the cluster. If the bees are clustered, the readings I have taken are very near ambient. If the disturbance causes the cluster to...
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    Re: how cold to wrap

    I have a 3/8 inch bore hole in the front center of each box for ventilation. I am going to wrap hives tomorrow and Tuesday, but will wait until later in the week to add the shims and the sugar. We...
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    Re: how cold to wrap

    Mine are not on yet either. I put two layers of that foil covered bubble insulation on between my inner cover and outer telescoping cover. When I remove the telescoping cover I quickly slap on the...
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    When was the last time that you weighed or actually looked at the stores. You need to monitor consumption of stores throughout the fall, because a large hive can consume a lot of their stores flying...
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    Re: Split cluster?

    You might also have two queens, an old mother queen plus the new queen.
    Dave
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    Re: Are they foraging?

    We have dry warm falls with temperatures like you describe. They do just fly around and look for something to forage, and in the process I have had strong hives burn up a gallon of 2:1 syrup a week....
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    Re: Too late for Apivar?

    The problem is not if the Apivar will work in the cooler temperatures, it is that your winter bees are already damaged by the mites. If you have anything other than a very low mite count the damage...
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    Re: Empty hive in October?

    We use apivar in the spring and apiguard in the late summer. The problem with treating now is that your winter bees are already damaged. I have never treated this late in the year so I do not have...
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    Re: Empty hive in October?

    I have had this happen to me too in my earlier years as a beekeeper. In my experience it is the best hive in the yard, that produced the most honey. My spin is the strongest hive produces the most...
  14. Re: NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING MY SITUATION PLEASE

    Without more information my first guess would be the hive crashed from mites. Did you do any kind of mite control?
    Dave
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    Re: Fall Weight Changes

    Yes it looks like you have some robbing going on. I tried to copy a table into this and it did not work. The columns were out of place. I weigh hives weekly with a feeding in between weights. The...
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    Re: Fall Weight Changes

    How about translating your numbers, letters, and system. I have a lot of weight data I could share. I have been doing what you speak of for several years.
    Dave
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Daniel the bees in the center of the cluster are over brood or empty comb but the bees are on the honey at the margins of the cluster. Dead bees head first in the cells are from starvation.
    Our...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Daniel if bees do not feed and live off of energy stored in their bodies, why do they leave empty comb behind them as the cluster moves?

    We may be the only creature on earth that heats the space...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Sticky board counts are highly undependable. If you have ants they will clean the mites off as fast as they fall. This will give you a false sense of security. I do not have much more faith in...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Ian do you monitor CO2 levels?
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    A couple of winters ago I took temperatures with a probe thermometer several times over the course of the winter. I picked days with varying temperatures, but no wind. As long as the cluster was...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    We have 18 acres of ground, most of it irrigated. We have most of it planted to bee forage. I can guaranty that it does not pay. The planting costs are bad enough, but maintaining it is real...
  23. Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    The night time temperatures you mention are of no consequence to your bees. What maybe happening is just normal attrition. This time of the year the oldest bees in the hive are dying off. You have...
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    Re: How to secure tar paper

    I agree with Harry do not use tar paper. Besides the tar patches the wind will destroy it. Even the heavier felt will tare off in our wind. I staple it to the hive. Then put a lath stick on the...
  25. Thread: New Queen

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: New Queen

    Update The new queen looks fantastic. She has large patches of absolutely picture perfect brood. The brood goes from capped to eggs. I turned a frame around that had honey on one side and empty...
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